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It's All In Your Head: Change Your Mind - Change Your Health (Capital Ideas) Paperback – October 1, 2006

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About the Author

Dr. Mark Pettus was voted one of America’s Top Physicians in 2003 and 2004 by The Consumers’ Research Council of America. He has been featured on numerous TV programs, including “The 700 Club,” “Geraldo Rivera at Large,” and “Good Day New York,” as well as radio shows nationwide. Dr. Pettus is a board certified internist and nephrologist, and is the founder of A Healing Hand, providing consulting services in areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation in health care. He lectures extensively on patient care, conflict resolution, negotiation and leadership in health care, with a special interest in the spiritual-health connection. He is the former Chief of Staff and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Western Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Boston University; his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School; his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, and he completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He lives with his family in Charleston, SC. Visit his website at www.savvypatient.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933102225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933102221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathleen P. Hughes on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr. Mark Pettus is a rare doctor--one who makes changing your lifestyle to improve your health something anyone can achieve. He's compassionate, nonjudgmental, and inspirational. He looks at the whole picture -- what you eat and drink, how you exercise, how you interact with other people, and how you handle stress -- and makes suggestions for "bite-size" changes that can help you wean yourself off unhealthy behavior and into a whole new way of being. He helps you understand how your brain works, so you can literally "change your mind" and focus it on healthy changes in your life.
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I loved this book as it was well researched and provided a different perspective on what drives our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
It also connects many dimensions of living e.g. social connection, forgiveness, and conflict management with health outcomes. There is even a chapter on raising teenagers!
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I thought this book was useless and not helpful, in the least. While it contained some tips on how to change your health for the better, it's really nothing more than a compilation of recycled info on how to do so (eat more veggies, take in good fats, exercise, etc.). I learned nothing new.
Also, there was little emphasis on how one would exactly go about changing their mind. While the author included research from scientific studies involving "mind over matter" and the power of the human mind, he failed to tie them into his main thesis. Because of that, at times, the book seemed convoluted and unfocused.
Bottom line: Don't waste your money on this book -- it's chock full of very basic info that you can find anywhere on the 'net. The only reason I gave it two stars is because he DID include the importance of omega-3 foods and the utilization of relaxation techniques and exercises. And, for the extreme novice, his tips COULD serve as a jumping board.
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